The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is joining the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network on the issue of improving the transparency of children's applications using the "freemium" model. "Consumers need to be aware that 'free' may not mean free," says Delia Rickard, ACCC deputy chair. The ACCC is particularly concerned with Android apps that can leave a 30-minute window open after downloading for free in-app purchases, sometimes leading to unintended paid purchases.

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